Placement Options

  • SCC Placement Requirement Options

    When you visit the SCC admissions center to determine which of the following options best suit you in determining entrance requirements, an admissions specialist will assist you every step of the way. Following are the five options for placement requirements they will help you determine:

    Placement Option 1: ACT Scores taken within the last 5 years

    English (minimum score): 19
    Math (minimum score): 22

    Placement Option 2: SAT Scores taken within the last 5 years

    (note: the SAT Critical Reading scoring system was changed for tests taken in March 2016 or after)

    For SAT tests taken before March 2016

    Critical Reading (minimum required score): 480
    Math (minimum required score): 560

    For SAT tests taken during or after March 2016

    Critical Reading (minimum required score): 26; combined with Evidence Based Reading & Writing: 510
    Math (minimum required score): 580

    Placement Option 3: High School GPA & Coursework - Standard High School Diploma earned within the last 5 years

    Evaluation based on final, official high school transcript (We will currently evaluate transcripts reflecting the final spring 2020 grades/unweighted GPA for early graduates of the Class of 2021 who will finish all graduation requirements in December/begin classes in spring of 2021.  Final, official transcripts must still be submitted after Graduation for full acceptance and for financial aid to process.)

    3.0 minimum, unweighted GPA (on a 4.0 scale)

    4 English courses (CP, AP/IB, dual enrollment)
    * 80 (B) or higher in all English courses OR
    * 85 overall average in all English coursework

    4 math courses including Algebra I (Math I and Math II equate to Algebra I), Algebra II, Geometry, and one additional math class (Algebra III, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Statistics, Discrete math, other capstone math course)
    * 80 (B) or higher in all math courses OR
    * 85 overall average in math coursework

    Placement Option 4: ACCUPLACER Scores taken within the last five years

    (Other assessments including COMPASS and ASSET taken within the last five years may also be considered for evaluation)

    Please visit for further information on ACCUPLACER testing due to current COVID-19 restrictions.

    ACCUPLACER skills assessed:

    Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS)
    Advanced Algebra and Functions
    - Taking the Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics and/or the Advanced Algebra and Functions portion of ACCUPLACER will be based on the academic program entry requirements as well as the score on the previous mathematics assessment portion (i.e. testing in Quantitative Reason, Algebra, and Statistics will be based on a sufficient score in Arithmetic)

    Minimum scores for each program are determined by academic divisions and will be made available during the applicant s session with an admissions specialist

    Note: There is no minimum entrance score required for math or English. However, based on a statewide agreement, there is a minimum reading score required. Students who do not meet this requirement will be advised as to next steps.

    Placement Option 5: GED College Ready Guidelines (effective July 2019)

    Reasoning through Language Arts

    • Score of 165 or higher- eligible to register for English and reading-based courses according to the student's program of student

    Mathematical Reasoning(i.e. English ACT score for English and Reading placement combined with ACCUPLACER Mathematics scores for Math/Algebra placement)

    • Score of 165 or higher - eligible to register for math courses according to the student's program of study


    Note: All of the above options place students in college-level math courses (MAT 110 or 120) and English courses (ENG 101) or the math/English courses required in the student s chosen curriculum, if lower.

    Placement Option 3 applies to an individual who possesses an official high school transcript with an unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher, on a 4.0 scale, from a high school that is legally authorized to operate in South Carolina, and who graduated from that high school no more than five years prior to college enrollment. This also applies to individuals with transcripts from private high schools and home school associations that employ the uniform grading policy expressed by the South Carolina Department of Education. Individuals who possess an official transcript from an out-of-state high school will be required to work with their school, district or state department of education to provide sufficient information for an evaluation to be conducted in order to determine if there is a correlation between that state s graduation requirements and those of South Carolina. If a correlation cannot be determined, the individual s entrance assessment will be based on ACT, SAT, ACCUPLACER scores, previous college coursework or a combination thereof.

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